Cardiac Patient Finds New Strength
A second stent procedure helped Donna Goodson make the most of cardiac rehabilitation.
For years, Donna Goodson, 66, of Euless, experienced a cascade of bad luck: the deaths of her parents, stomach and back trouble, a broken leg and a torn hamstring.
“I was having twinges of chest pain and breathlessness. I thought it was stress,” Donna says. “My family doctor didn’t agree.”
Donna’s primary care physician referred her to Neeraj Badhey, M.D., cardiologist at Cardiac & Vascular Center of North Texas and on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Donna had 95 percent blockage in one artery, and within two weeks, Dr. Badhey inserted a stent to support the arterial walls.
Cardiac rehab proved difficult at first.
“When they told me I was a heart patient, I burst into tears,” Donna says. “I didn’t believe it. I was living in fear.”
Donna was also suffering continuing chest pains. After a second stenting procedure, her pains vanished. Encouraged by her therapists, she returned to cardiac rehab with a renewed spirit.
“Now I walk five days a week and do rehab exercises three days a week,” Donna says. “I can serve as church treasurer again. I believe God gives us stepping stones in our lives. Coming to terms with my heart disease was a major stepping stone for me. Women need to take heart disease seriously, and also to know that there’s hope.”
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Physicians on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital or Texas Health Resources.